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MAXIMIZING DRIVER SAFETY

Since 1990, Florida’s Turnpike traffic has doubled; more than 3 million customers travel Florida’s Turnpike System of roads on a daily basis. This brings increased challenges, as Florida’s Turnpike customers want reliable highways with predictable travel times. To continue to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and FHP Troop K have joined forces to maximize drivers’ safety.

Safety Initiatives

The Move Over Act was instituted in the State of Florida in July 2002 to protect law enforcement officers and other emergency workers stopped alongside our highways. Drivers are required to approach cautiously when an emergency vehicle is stopped ahead with its lights flashing. Drivers must change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if they are on a multi-lane highway and can do so safely. If drivers cannot change lanes safely, or if they are on a two-lane highway, they must slow down while maintaining a safe speed so as not to impede other traffic. A violation can result in fines being assessed.

To learn more about the Move Over Act, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

The Wireless Communications While Driving Law took effect on July 1, 2019. The law allows law enforcement to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to drivers that are texting and driving. A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers or symbols into a wireless communications device to text, email and instant message.

The law also states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device in a handheld manner in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. Active work zone, as it pertains to this law, means that construction personnel are present or are operating equipment on the road or immediately adjacent to the work zone area.

To learn more about distracted driving, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Florida law requires that drivers remain in the right-hand lanes and only use the far left lane for passing. Failure to move from the far left lane to allow faster vehicles to pass is considered a moving violation. Please remember to use your turning signals to indicate your intention to turn or change lanes.

To learn more about The RIGHT Lane, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

All drivers should use extra caution when driving around bicyclists, motorcyclists and commercial motor vehicles, such as large trucks and buses. All these modes of transportation have the same privileges, rights and responsibilities on public roadways. It is important to share the road so that all users can Arrive Alive!

To learn more about sharing the road, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Driving under the influence (DUI) inhibits your ability to drive safely. Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications can cause impairment. Driving impaired puts you and everyone else on the road in danger.

The Florida Highway Patrol and law enforcement officers statewide are trained to spot the signs of impaired driving. They are constantly monitoring roadways to keep everyone safe on the Florida roads.

To learn more about impaired driving, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise wishes to remind drivers that roadway shoulders are for emergency use only. Driving on the shoulders to avoid congestion is strictly prohibited. You should only stop on shoulders if you are experiencing car trouble and have dialed *FHP for assistance. During times of emergency evacuation, shoulders may be used as an additional travel lane, but those times will be clearly communicated and signage will indicate limitations.

Wrong way driving crashes occur when a vehicle has not observed posted traffic signs or pavement markings and proceeds in a lane going the wrong direction.

Especially at night and during transitional light times such as dawn and dusk, drivers are encouraged to stay in the right lane, when possible, to avoid a crash with a wrong way driver. In the majority of wrong way crashes, vehicles are hit head-on. Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous and deadly crashes.

To learn more about wrong way driving, please visit the website for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

A work zone involves workers, vehicles, trucks, and equipment that can necessitate lane closures, detours, and moving equipment, and can last from a few days to several years. The safe and efficient flow of traffic through work zones is an ongoing priority for Florida’s transportation and traffic safety partners.

To help keep work zones safe:

  • Move early into open lanes during work zone traffic shifts.
  • Drive slowly, stay alert and avoid all distractions.
  • Give workers extra room and slow down as you approach a work zone.
  • Be prepared to stop.
  • Plan ahead by researching your route to prepare for work zones.

To learn more about work zone safety, please visit the website for the National Work Zone Safety.

Please be advised that U-Turns on Florida’s Turnpike System are only permitted at service plazas, located approximately every 40 miles. Drivers who make a legal U-Turn at a service plaza, then exit Florida’s Turnpike at the same place where they entered will be charged a special U-Turn rate. Drivers who attempt to make U-Turns at emergency vehicle turnarounds could be subject to traffic citations.

Incident Management

If you need assistance on Florida’s Turnpike System, select one of the images below.

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Florida Highway Patrol

Call *347 to connect with Florida Highway Patrol, who can dispatch help.

State Farm® Safety Patrol

State Farm Safety Patrol offers roadside assistance and services.

Free of Charge

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STARR

Specialty Towing and Roadside Repair (STARR) service can be dispatched.

Charges Would Apply

Park & Ride Lots

The Park & Ride lots along Florida’s Turnpike System are great places to meet your carpool or vanpool group to share the ride to work. Parking is available for free on a first-come, first-served basis, but customers cannot leave their vehicles overnight. Please use the spaces specifically marked for Park & Ride use in these lots.

  • Stuart / SW Martin Downs Boulevard – Milepost 133 (Martin County)
  • Indiantown Road – Milepost 116 (Palm Beach County)
  • Palm Beach Gardens Boulevard – Milepost 109 (Palm Beach County)
  • Lake Worth Road – Milepost 93 (Palm Beach County)
  • Golden Glades – Milepost 0X (Miami-Dade County)
  • Coral Reef / 152nd Street – Milepost 16 (Miami-Dade County)

For additional Park & Ride lots in South Florida please call  

1-800-234-RIDE (7433)

Memorial Markers

In order to increase public awareness of highway safety, it is the Florida Department of Transportation’s policy to allow placement of memorial markers within the Florida’s Turnpike System right of way.

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